07 Mar 2017
Fitting it all in - Natalie McGourty
Fitting it all in – the balancing act
Can you believe that we are in March already? It seems like only yesterday it was Christmas and now we are fast forwarding straight into spring.
Although I’m still managing to hold it together on the New Year’s Resolution front, this month I have been struggling somewhat trying to fit everything in. I work part time in the construction industry and I juggle this with being mum to 2 year old Jack. There are times when I feel that I am not really performing particularly well in either role! I can find myself getting stressed trying to finish off key tasks at work before rushing home to spend precious time with my boy before bedtime. And then there is exercise to think about and fit in somewhere amidst the chaos.
I have noticed a real difference fitness-wise and seen real results since the start of the year. My total loss is now 9lbs since 1st January and I am feeling so much fitter and healthier. Admittedly, there is more I could do – the wine just seems to call me some nights (!) and I could make better choices sometimes when I am out for dinner with friends – but on the whole I am proud of my progress so far. In my last blog I spoke about the ways that I plan my exercise and diet so that I know exactly what I have to do and when, but as I’m sure you’ve all experienced, sometimes life just gets in the way. I don’t know if it’s just me but there is just always something that crops up and your day just doesn’t work out how you planned it at all.
Fortunately I am enjoying my workouts, especially the way they make me feel afterwards and so I really do try and fit them in where possible. I can imagine how easy it would be sack your workout off if you were dreading it. You’d be looking for excuses not to do them. It’s so easily done. One of the great things about MyFitZone is that there is such a variety of workouts to choose from so you won’t get bored and can mix it up when you get used to something.
Now back to my dilemma – fitting it all in time wise. My mum and I are running a 5K race next week which is a big deal for my mum who has not run in years. In order to slot her workouts in she gets up at 5.30am and heads out into the dark and cold and just gets on with it. I am in awe of her for this. Sometimes I suppose you just have to suck it up and get on with it. So this month I have decided that I am also going to focus on early morning starts and get my exercise done in the time before the rest of the household is up and about. That way should those unexpected things pop up there is time to deal with them knowing that my workout for the day has already been ticked off the to-do list. Personally, I think this will really help me as I won’t be worried about rushing through things to make sure I have time for everything. I’ll keep you updated about how I get on in my next blog.
I’m so pleased that my mum has been going on a fitness journey of her own and I’m enjoying my new regime so much that I have even introduced some fitness competitions in the office, There are currently nearly 25 of us in the office engaged in a variety of challenges including weight loss and step competitions. It’s brought an element of fun to the office and has discouraged the almost daily birthday cakes and treats that appear – usually right near my desk! So pass that fitness bug on if you can.
Going back to MyFitZone, I have been really enjoying the ‘Tin Tone Challenge’ recently and I urge you all to give it a try. I’ve been feeling the burn massively in my arms but I’m sure I’ll be thankful for it when the weather gets warmer and those sleeveless tops come out. Ta ta bingo wings! Also, there is new zone – the Weight Loss Zone – which is perfect for me on my current journey. The zone features nutrition advice as well as full workout plans. Highly recommended!
Until next month when I tell you how I got on in my race with mum and how the early starts are going!